Originally, Sykes House Farm hand-stamped date codes onto sleeves destined for retailers. This was not only a time- and labour-intensive process, it was also open to human error.
A date coding error that resulted in a costly product recall was the catalyst for it seeking a more reliable solution for coding sleeves for packs of bacon, sausages and burgers.
‘Remove the margin for human error’
“We wanted to remove the margin for human error with a machine on which the codes are generated via software, while at the same time increasing the speed of the coding operation to keep pace with our growing retail business,” says the firm’s md Robert Smith.
Sykes House Farm couldn’t use online inkjet coders because the sleeve designs on each order varies, with the coding area in a different position.
“On bacon, for example, the use-by date tends to be on the back of the pack whereas on sausages it is usually on the front of the pack,” says Smith.
The company codes around 4,000 sleeves a week with the RF-Lite, and it says this now takes a fraction of the time it used to take with the manual system.
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